• South Skyline CERT has 21 members sworn in by the county of Santa Cruz.
  • GIS mapping continues throughout South Skyline neighborhoods.
  • Obtained a retired Red Cross trailer, which will be outfitted for mobile medical operations.
  • Pay Pal was set up for receiving donations.
  • At the annual Simulated Emergency Training (SET) on October 21, we successfully tested ham radio communications from Saratoga-Summit Fire with La Honda, San Lorenzo Valley and Loma Prieta ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Services).
  • SSEPO provided grant money for the neighborhoods of Monkey Rock / Jikoji, Rosemary Lane and Portola Heights to purchase additional GMRS radios.  GMRS testing has been successful between Cloud's Rest to the north and Saratoga-Summit to the south and all points in between.  Neighborhoods within this area can now communicate with each other, although transmission is not always successful, with our conventional antennas.  2018 plans are to install a repeater, which will allow for much better transmissions between neighborhoods.
  • Preliminary plans are in place to establish a Department Operations Center (DOC) at Saratoga-Summit for CERT activations, ham radio communication and medical operations.
  • 2017 Financial Report:
    • Beginning Balance = $7,642.83
    • Income (Donations) = $2,064.70
    • Expenses = $950.07
    • Ending Balance = $8,757.46


  • Completed the By-Laws
  • Completed the Website
  • Neighborhoods expanded:Neighborhood Coordinators identified for Monkey Rock, Rosemary Lane and Las Cumbres; Waterman Gap now part of the SSA Community; provided assistance to several other neighborhoods who are getting established.
  • Las Cumbres conducted a Triage / First Aid Training Class.
  • A CPR / Choking / Triage class was held at the MROSD Skyline Field Office.
  • Several drills in setting up the communications infrastructure were held at the MROSD Skyline Field Office.
  • The GIS Mapping Project got underway and the following neighborhoods completed mapping: Portola Heights, Castanea Ridge, Monkey Rock, Rosemary Lane, Rocky Creek and a number of individual residences.Mapping has been initiated in Las Cumbres, Waterman Gap, and the Alpine/Portola State Park area.
  • Co-sponsored, with the SSA Fire Safe Council, a presentation by Battalion Chief and La Honda Fire Brigade Chief Ari Delay at the April SSA meeting on Wildfire Preparation.
  • Held quarterly meetings with multi-county Office of Emergency Services (OES) leaders for sharing of information and ideas across counties.
  • Held a nighttime emergency drill.
  • Created the Saratoga Gap CERT. (Later called South Skyline CERT)
  • 2016 Financial Report:
    • 2016 Gross Income (Donations and book sales) = $2,633.50
    • 2016 Total Expenses = $1,346.27
    • 2016 Year End Balance = $7,420.23


  • Recruited volunteers at the Neighborhood level in support of emergency preparedness plans, identified Neighborhood Coordinators (NC), trained and supported new NC’s
  • Initiated the identification of medically trained community members who can help in emergencies and maintained the medical aid station at the MROSD Skyline Field Station
  • Improved Ham Radio communication links across the South Skyline area, including links with Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES)
  • Organized the first ever meeting of all three county Office of Emergency Services (OES) offices to clarify communication and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) activations.
  • Created the South Skyline Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
  • Conducted local community emergency preparedness drills
  • Obtained 501c3 non-profit status